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Category: World News

Bomb blasts in Iraq kill at least 43 people

2 July,BAGHDAD (Reuters): At least 43 people were killed in bomb attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, with nine explosions in busy markets and commercial areas of the capital Baghdad, police and medics said. The deadliest attack was in the mainly Shi’ite Muslim Shaab district of northern Baghdad, where twin car bombs killed eight people. A sustained campaign of attacks since the start of the year has increased fears of wider conflict in a country where ethnic Kurds, Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims have yet to find a stable power-sharing compromise. Insurgents have been recruiting from Iraq’s Sunni minority, which resents Shi’ite domination since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003. Sectarian tensions have been inflamed by the civil war in neighboring Syria, which is fast spreading into a region-wide proxy war, drawing in Shi’ite and Sunni fighters from Iraq and elsewhere to fight on opposite sides of the conflict....

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Nelson Mandela’s grandson accused over graves in South Africa

2 July: Members of former South African President Nelson Mandela’s family have laid a criminal complaint against his grandson Mandla. Police spokesman Mzukisi Fatyela told the BBC officers would investigate allegations of illegal grave tampering. A public prosecutor would then decide whether to press charges, he said.                                                                                                                                                                              Mandla Mandela was appointed as chief of Mvezo by his grandfather It involves the bodies of three of the ex-president’s children, who were allegedly moved from a family graveyard about two years ago by Mandla Mandela. In a separate case, 16 Mandela family members are seeking to move the bodies back to the graveyard in the village of Qunu, where Mr Mandela, who is critically ill in hospital with a recurring lung infection, wants to be laid to rest. The case is being heard at the Mthatha High Court in Eastern Province and has been postponed...

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Venezuela eyed as Snowden seeks asylum

2 July, MOSCOW: NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s best chance of finding refuge outside the United States may hinge on the president of Venezuela, who was in Moscow on Tuesday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. With a string of countries appearing to offer Snowden little hope, President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela told Russian reporters on Tuesday that his country has not received an application for asylum from Snowden and dodged the question of whether he would take Snowden with him when he left. But Maduro also defended the former National Security Agency systems analyst who released sensitive documents on...

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19 die in helicopter crash in Siberia

2 july, Moscow: Russian authorities say 19 people have died after a helicopter carrying 28 people, including 11 children, crashed in a remote Siberian region of Yakutia. The Interstate Aviation Committee, Russia’s top aviation body, said that a Mi-8 helicopter crash-landed in a remote mountainous area on Tuesday, dozens of miles away from the nearest village, and caught fire. The committee said there were 28 people on board. Emergency officials said that 11 of them were children. Officials did not immediately comment on the cause of the crash. Russia has a dismal record of aviation safety, mostly blamed on...

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Immigration bill faces uncertain future in House

1 July,WASHINGTON (AP): The immigration debate is shifting to the Republican-led House, where lawmakers have shown little appetite for the large-scale, comprehensive approach their Senate colleagues embraced last week. The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Sunday that any attempt at comprehensive immigration legislation cannot offer a “special pathway to citizenship” for those in the United States illegally. Democrats have called that position a deal-breaker. Meanwhile, both parties eyed the politics that could yield electoral victories or irrelevance among the growing Hispanic voting bloc. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the Virginia Republican who leads the House Judiciary Committee, said...

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19 firefighters die battling Ariz. fire

1 July, YARNELL, Ariz. (AP): An Arizona fire chief says a wildfire that killed 19 members of his crew was moving fast and fueled by hot, dry conditions. Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo said in a news conference that the department is grieving the loss of so many of its members. The flames from the blaze lit up the night sky in the forest above the town, and smoke could be smelled for miles. The fire started with a lightning strike on Friday and spread to 2,000 acres on Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures. It burned several homes about 85 miles...

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Bodies of Uttarakhand flood victims should be cremated with proper Vedic rituals: Ramdev

June 30: Yoga guru Ramdev today took exception to the manner in which bodies of people killed in the natural calamity in Uttarakhand were being treated by the authorities, saying they should be cremated with proper Vedic rituals. Shaken by the heart-rending TV footage of bodies lying here and there in Rambada near Kedarnath shrine in Rudraprayag district, Ramdev said the state government should show sensitivity to the people who lost their lives in the tragedy and should not leave them in open in this manner. “The bodies should be collected speedily and consigned to flames with proper Vedic...

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Can we make ourselves happier?

30 June (BBC): Can we make ourselves happier? According to studies from all over the globe collated by the World Happiness Database in Rotterdam, we can. But the path to happiness may not be where we are looking for it. Professor Ruut Veenhoven, Director of the Database and Emeritus professor of social conditions for human happiness at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, says his own study found a slight negative correlation between the number of times people in a study spontaneously mentioned “goals” and their happiness. “Though it is generally assumed that you need goals to lead a happy life,...

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Egypt Morsi: Mass political protests grip cities

30 June: Huge protests calling for the resignation of Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi and early presidential elections are taking place in the capital, Cairo, and other cities. Tens of thousands of opponents have massed in Tahrir Square and outside the main presidential palace. Protesters accuse Mr Morsi of failing to tackle economic and security problems since taking power a year ago. A presidential spokesman urged them to respect the democratic process. Morsi supporters massed in the Cairo suburb of Nasr City with banners denouncing the opposition. The president’s critics say the country’s first Islamist president has put the agenda...

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Russia to hold talks with N. Korea about ending its nuclear program

30 June, (CNN): North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator will meet senior Russian officials next week to discuss ending the embattled nation’s nuclear program, Russia’s foreign ministry said. The talks involving Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea’s first deputy foreign minister, and Russian deputy foreign ministers Vladimir Titov and Igor Morgulov will take place Thursday, the ministry said in a statement, according to Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency. The meeting is “part of efforts to resume the six-party talks” related to North Korea’s controversial nuclear program, according to Russia’s foreign ministry. Those talks involving officials from North Korea, South Korea, China, Japan, the United States and Russia have been at a virtual standstill since last decade. Tensions in and around the Korean Peninsula escalated even further in the past year, particularly after Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket, then conducted an underground nuclear test two months later. The international community widely criticized the moves, threatening yet more sanctions and punitive measures. And yet North Korea remained defiant — even threatening to attack South Korea and the United States. But things have taken a turn in recent weeks. Earlier this month, North Korea proposed high-level talks with the United States to “ease tensions in the Korean Peninsula,” its state news agency reported. More recently, while Kim was in Beijing for bilateral talks, the North Korea official and China’s Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesu...

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